The Florida-based cruise line takes supplies, first responders and Bahamian evacuated Florida to Grand Bahama Island on Thursday.
The cruise line told CNN that the Grand Celebration ship will also provide the chance for Bahamians to evacuate to Florida for free, provided they have the proper documentation.
"Except for the Bahamas, we have no other home, so it was like the destruction was in our yard," CEO Oneil Khosa told CNN. "We felt we had to do this for the people of the Bahamas and the island of Grand Bahama, especially given our history with the island. "
Bahamas Paradise said the humanitarian cruise will be the first ship to be docked at Freeport and will provide emergency personnel to Grand Bahama Island, including electricians and firefighters, as well as supplies. [1[ads1]9659005] "We have many people on the ship today that will have a huge positive impact on the recovery of the island," said Khosa.
The Grand Celebration was used for a similar relief effort for Hurricane Irma and served as a base for St. Thomas.
Other cruises ered also helps
Both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian will also give at least $ 1 million each to relief efforts on the islands, according to their press releases.
"We hope our $ 1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those affected by this devastating storm start the long recovery process as they work to put life and society together," said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.
CNN's AJ Willingham contributed to this report.